Supervised Online Testing – A Way To Reduce Faking?

Supervised Online Testing – A Way To Reduce Faking?

An international between-subject study by Matthias Stadler & Psytech International

Introduction

Online testing is used more and more in personnel selection. However, research has only just begun to explore the possible gains and risks from taking psychometric tests out of standardized settings. Tippins et al. (2006) mention several unresolved issues regarding unproctored internet testing, especially in high-stakes situations. Beaty et al. (2011) criticized that especially the possible effect of the higher anonymity of unproctored online testing on the validity of psychometric testing have not been investigated much so far.

To augment this sparse body of knowledge, we report data on both Chinese and European applicants and investigate the effect of increased supervision on the personality scores of high-stakes applicants. It is assumed, that a higher degree of supervision will lead to a less stereotypical score on both the most relevant personality traits and the fake-good scales (Mahar et al., 2006) but will not effect the social desirability scores.

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